The heart-rending story of Luke Blanock captured national attention in February, when he married his longtime girlfriend in a hastily-arranged ceremony after the former high school basketball star was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. By most accounts he shouldn’t still be on the face of the earth. Instead, he walked across the stage at his high school graduation Monday, bringing the entire Canon-McMillan community around him to a standstill in the best way possible.
A photo of Blanock walking across the stage circulated on Facebook Tuesday night, showcasing the senior smiling widely as he was met by school administrators and his teachers.
Blanock’s fight against cancer goes on, and its prospects haven’t improved markedly. Still, the fact that he is still alive and living his life alongside his wife, Natalie Britvich, stands as an inspiration for his classmates and others in Western Pennsylvania.
“You go from being an outstanding athlete to not being able to walk out of the blue, no indication, just blindsided,” Luke’s grandmother, Rosemary Nikas, previously told WPXI.com.
He may have been blindsided, but Blanock keeps on achieving long after some expected he would be gone. That’s inspiring for anyone.